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Islamist Rebels Kidnap Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls


This story out of Nigeria’s ongoing conflict with Islamist rebels doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well: (Reuters) – Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to […]

Your Brain Starts To Deteriorate At Age 24

Brain Image

Apparently, youth is even more fleeting than we thought: That’s according to researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, who have foundthat measurable declines in cognitive performance begin to occur at age 24. In terms of brainpower, you’re over the hill by your mid-20s. The researchers measured this by studying the performance of thousands of players of […]

Kathleen Sebelius For Senate?

Kathleen Sebelius testifies before a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Just days after resigning as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Seblieus is apparently been courted to run for Senate in November: WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the […]

How Congress Got Booze During Prohibition


The fact that alcohol consumption was illegal in the United States for a decade in the 20th Century didn’t stop Members of Congress from getting their libations: While members of Congress may have championed Prohibition laws on the House floor, many of them happily broke the rules in any of the 3,000 speakeasies scattered throughout […]

Brad Pitt To Play General Stanley McChrystal In Afghan War Movie


The book that the late Michael Hastings wrote based on the time he spent following former Afghan War Commander General Stanley McChrystal is set to become a movie starring Brad Pitt in the role of the General who ultimately was forced to resigned due to his comments about civilian and military superiors: There are few […]

Ukraine Begins Military Operations


The Ukrainian government has said that it has begun military operations in the east in response to rising unrest: SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — After days of failing to enforce its own ultimatums, the Ukrainian government on Tuesday began what the president called a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the east of the country. The […]

Escobar’s Hippos


Via Worldcrunch:  Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Are Running Wild.

21st Century Kids Try To Figure Out What A Walkman Is


Watch this, and prepare to feel very old: On the bright side, these kids will be able to keep in shape getting off of everyone’s lawn.

“Shoe Truthers” Claim Hillary Clinton Shoe Throwing Incident Was Staged

Hillary Clinton

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton was giving a speech in Las Vegas before an waste management industry trade group convention when a woman ran to the front of the room and threw a shoe at her: (CNN) – A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to […]

Most Americans Don’t Think Barack Obama Is Black

President Obama Addresses The Nation On The Situation In Syria

A new Pew Research poll finds something very interesting when it asks Americans how they perceive the President of the United States: [A]ccording to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.” While […]

Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On The Right To Secede From The Union


At its convention next month, the Wisconsin Republican Party will vote on a resolution supporting the right of states to secede from the United States: To secede or not to secede. That will be the question for Wisconsin Republicans at next month’s convention. Earlier this month, the party’s Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a […]

Dutch Police Arrest 14 Year Old Girl For Twitter Threat Against American Airlines


A Dutch teenager is apparently getting a lesson in the perils of not thinking before you communicate online: AMSTERDAM — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself […]

Kaminski on Ukraine


Wall Street Journal editor Matthew Kaminski laments the West’s failure to take resolute action against Russian aggression against Ukraine: Any revolution brings a hangover. Ukrainians expected problems: an economic downturn, some of the old politics-as-usual in Kiev, including fisticuffs last week in parliament, and trouble from Russia. Abandonment by the West is the unexpected blow. […]

Talks in Venezuela


Via Reuters:  Venezuela’s Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests rises Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest. Maduro has held similar meetings previously but this was the first to include […]

More Rhetoric over the Falklands


Via the BBC:  UK Falklands military exercises ‘provoke’ Argentina Argentina has accused the UK of provocation over plans to hold military exercises in the Falkland Islands. It said drills by British forces would include missile launches and were part of a "pattern" of "hostile acts". The British ambassador in Buenos Aires has been summoned by […]

Confrontation Between Rio Police and Squatters


Via the BBC:  Clashes as police evict squatters in Rio de Janeiro A huge police operation to evict hundreds of families from abandoned buildings in Rio de Janeiro has ended with violent clashes and some injuries. More than 1,500 police officers had arrived at dawn to evict nearly 5,000 people from the site, belonging to […]

Status of Afghan Elections


Via the BBC:  Afghan poll: Abdullah slightly ahead as count continues Partial results from the Afghan presidential vote show former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah slightly ahead of Ashraf Ghani. With about 500,000 votes in 26 provinces counted, Dr Abdullah has 41.9% with Mr Ghani on 37.6%. [...] The partial results gave another main contender and […]

It’s Not Over in Ukraine


Via the BBC:  Nato alarm at east Ukraine violence. Lots of details, so just follow the link.

Boston Resident Learns Why You Shouldn’t Park In Front Of Fire Hydrants

Boston Fire

Well, this isn’t an mistake you’re likely to make twice: It took a fire in East Boston to show an unlucky BMW owner exactly why you’re not supposed to park in front of fire hydrants. An eight-alarm fire damaged three buildings in East Boston Wednesday night before firefighters could contain it. Those efforts were temporarily slowed by […]

Virginia Republican: Disabled Children Are God’s Punishment For Abortion

Robert Marshall

Friday I noted the comments of Virginia Delegate, and Congressional candidate, Bob Marshall that he opposed an incest exception to abortion bans because sometimes incest is voluntary. It turns out that isn’t the only thing that Marshall had to say on the subject of abortion: Christian conservative and Republican congressional candidate Bob Marshall claims that […]

Mike Huckabee: There Might Be More Freedom In North Korea Than The United States


Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appears to be making an effort to appeal to the most extreme wing of the Republican Party, or perhaps to join Dennis Rodman’s next basketball trip to Pyongyang: One day after questioning President Barack Obama’s “Christian convictions” on Fox News, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has delivered another quote that this time appears to riling […]

America’s Top Colleges Turn Away 95% Of Applicants

College Degree

It’s becoming harder than ever to gain admission to America’s elite universities:  Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, a new low among the most prestigious schools, with the […]

Pakistan Drops Attempted Murder Charges Against Baby


As I noted earlier this week, police in Pakistan had charged a nine month old boy with attempted murder arising out of an incident involving a riot by large crowd of people. Those charges have now been dropped: HONG KONG — Nine-month-old Musa Khan will not be going to prison on attempted murder charges. The […]

Coburn, McCaskill Introduce “Let Me Google That For You” Bill

Let Me Google That For You

Senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill have taken inspiration from a popular snarky web search tool for their newest piece of bipartisan legislation: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a new bill this week called the Let Me Google That For You Act of 2014 (seriously). The bill is meant to cut down […]

IRS Still Running Windows XP Despite Microsoft’s Warnings


The Internal Revenue Service missed the deadline to upgrade systems still running Windows XP and will be paying millions of dollars for security patches: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of […]

Who Watches More Porn, Republicans Or Democrats?


According to this report that Buzzfeed complied, it appears to be pretty much even, although people in blue states apparently watch 13% more porn than people in red states. Apparently there are still some parts of life where bipartisanship prevails.  

What Else Did You Expect?


Over at FP Edward Lozansky, echoing things I’ve written here, explains how the Ukraine situation looks from the Russian perspective: For the last 20-odd years, every Russian leader — from Gorbachev and Yeltsin, to Medvedev and Putin — kept sending strong signals to Washington and Brussels about their desire to become an important part of […]

Charles Krauthammer Tells The Right They’ve Lost On Behghazi


Charles Krauthmmer spoke some truths on Fox News last night that most of the network’s viewers likely found uncomfortable: Remember Karl Rove wandering around the Fox News set on election night 2012, trying to convince his colleagues that Mitt Romney, and not Barack Obama, had won the state of Ohio? It’s a useful visual metaphor for the […]

Kathleen Sebelius Resigns As Secretary Of Health & Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius testifies before a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who has served as Secretary of Health and Human Services but has found herself embattled over the past six months due to the botched roll out of the Affordable Care Act, is resigning: WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure […]

Mike Pence For President?

Mike Pence

Mike Pence, the former Indiana Congressman who has served as Governor of the Hoosier State since 2013, says that he’s being courted to run for President: To this point, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has been on the periphery of talk about the 2016 presidential race. But he says in a new interview that he […]

Angus King Hints He May Caucus With GOP In 2015


Angus King, Maine’s Independent Senator, caucused with the Democrats when he entered the Senate in 2013 and has largely voted with the Democratic majority on the Senate’s important votes. Now he’s hinting he might switch sides if the GOP gains control of the Senate this year: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, […]

Republican Governors Trailing Democratic Opponents In Five States


Along with capturing the House, Republicans also made headlines in 2010 by capturing a slew of Governor’s races, including races in states like Pennsylvania where Democrats seemed to be dominant. Those Governors elected in 2010 are up for re-election in 2014, though, and many of them are in trouble: The polls, conducted by the Democratic-leaning […]

Braves Set American Flag On Fire At Home Opener


They’re saying it’s an accident but maybe there are still some left over bad feelings from that time William T. Sherman visited the capital of Georgia. You be the judge.

Which State Has The Worst Elections?

Campaign Voting 2008

A new study ranks the 50 states based upon how well their election system functions: How did each state’s election apparatus perform in the 2012 election? Better than 2008 but still not all that well, according to the annual study, conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts, of state-by-state elections. “Overall, 40 states and the District improved […]

Mike Huckabee: I’m Not Homophobic, I’m On The Side Of The Bible

Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Governor, and possible 2016 Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee wants us to know that he’s not homophobic: (CNN) - Mike Huckabee told an Iowa crowd on Tuesday that he’s “not homophobic,” but believing marriage should be between one man and one woman is being “on the right side of the Bible.” Huckabee, who is also […]

UMass Guard Derrick Gordon, The First Openly Gay Player In Division I Men’s Basketball

Derrick Gordon

Derrick Gordon, a sophomore guard on the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, is the first openly gay player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball: Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball, sharing his story with […]

Who Has The Best College Basketball Program Of All Time?


In the wake of the twin victories by the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball teams in their respective NCAA Championship Tournaments, FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik takes a look at the numbers to see which school’s program ranks best over the long term when you factor both the men’s and women’s teams into the equation: […]

Jim DeMint: The Federal Government Played No Role In Freeing The Slaves


Former Senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation has, shall we say, an interesting view of history: Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint appeared on Vocal Point with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries last week, where he insisted that “no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.” DeMint, […]

Florida Supreme Court To Define Sex


The Supreme Court Of Florida is set to issue a ruling to define something that you’d think most people know about already. You’d think that would be easy enough to figure out, but you know what happens when you get the lawyers involved.  

Internet Bug “Heartbleed” Leaves Millions Of Passwords Exposed

Computer Password Security

A new security bug could leave millions of people with their passwords exposed: SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown […]

New President in Costa Rica


Via the BBC:  Leftist Luis Solis wins Costa Rican presidential poll Luis Guillermo Solis of the centre-left Citizen Action Party (PAC) has won the presidential election in Costa Rica. With almost all the votes counted, Mr Solis had 78%. He had been expected to win after his rival – governing party candidate Johnny Araya – […]

Nigeria’s GDP Largest in Africa


Via the BBC:  Nigeria becomes Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria has "rebased" its gross domestic product (GDP) data, which has pushed it above South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. Nigerian GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, online sales, airlines, and film production. GDP for 2013 totalled 80.3 trillion naira (£307.6bn: […]

Louisiana Congressman’s Family Values Include Kissing Young Female Staffers


Louisiana Congressman Vance McAllister found himself in a bit of trouble yesterday: Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana — who ran for office as a principled conservative Christian — has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas. The Ouachita Citizen, […]

Former Senator Alan Simpson Endorses Marriage Equality In New Ad


When he was in the United States Senate during the Reagan and Bush eras, former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson was among that bodies most conservative members. Now, he’s appearing in an ad in favor of same-sex marriage: Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, is making the case for a “live and let live” approach to […]

One Quarter Of Americans Don’t Know That Earth Orbits The Sun


Well this is pretty sad: To put the brightest possible spin on this story is to say that three-quarters of Americans are fully aware that the Earth revolves around the sun. The downside, of course, is that means 1 in 4 are in the dark about what Discovery calls “probably the most basic question in […]

Joe Biden Strikes Again

Biden Sunglasses

Vice President Joe Biden, the gift that keeps on giving: (CNN) - There he goes again. Vice President Joe Biden delivered another whimsical moment Monday-the kind that borders a fine line between cheeky yet charming. Speaking at the 94th annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, Biden thanked attendees for their work-something […]

Too Much Personal Information On Driver’s Licenses?


Slate’s Albert Wong raises an interesting point: I need to see your license.” These words are familiar to anyone who has ever entered a nightclub, gambled in a casino, or purchased alcohol or tobacco in their 20s or 30s. At first glance, the request isn’t unreasonable—just about everyone has a driver’s license or (for non-drivers) […]

Mary Landrieu Leads Opponents In Louisiana Senate Race, But Below 50%


One of the states seen as  a potential Republican pick up in the Senate this year, where Mary Landrieu finds herself having to win re-election in a state where Mitt Romney won by seventeen points in 2012. Landrieu’s principal opponent in the race is Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, but since this is Louisiana she’ll be […]

The Less Americans Know About Ukraine, The More They Support Intervening There

Ukraine On Map

Some interesting conclusions from the guys at The Monkey Blog: On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we […]

World’s Largest Game Of Tetris Played On Side Of Philly Skyscraper

Philly Tetris

Apparently, this is what you do in Philadelphia on a Saturday night: PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Sam Robinson said it’s been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans […]

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